Woodworking: Setting Up and Using Jointers & Planers
- 1.5 hours on-demand video
- 2 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- This woodworking course provides many important tips & fundamentals to get the most out of your jointer and planer.
- How to set up your machines correctly for optimal performance.
- Jointer & planer safety, how to read wood grain for proper feed direction and more.
- There are not any course requirements or prerequisites for this class.
Jointers and planers are similar, but not identical. Each machine has a different function, but both machines are extremely useful when it comes to creating precisely machined boards in your shop.
Additionally, buying your lumber rough sawn and doing you own jointing and planing can save you a lot of money!
In broad strokes, jointers are the perfect tool for flattening faces and creating edges that are smooth, straight and square. Planers provide two parallel faces, and guarantee that every board you machine is exactly the same thickness.
This course, brought to you in conjunction with Woodworkers Guild of America, will help you double check your machines to make sure they’re correctly set up. This includes knife changes on both the jointer and planer, with techniques provided for perfectly setting the jointer knives. You’ll learn how to lubricate and maintain your jointer and planer for optimum performance. You’ll also learn:
How to read wood grain for proper feed direction to avoid tear out
Tricks for getting the jointer fence perfectly square
Low tech tips for setting jointer knives
Jointer and planer safety
What materials can and can’t be jointed and planed
How to eliminate jointer snipe
Safe and proper techniques for face jointing
Using the jointer to cut rabbets
Leveling planer infeed and outfeed tables
How to reduce or eliminate planer snipe
Planing extremely thin stock
Using your planer to clean up sawn edges
This course will help make sure you get the most out of your jointer and planer by helping you properly set the machines, and safely use them to their full potential.
- Woodworkers wanting to get the most out of their jointer and planer.
Once your jointer knives become dull they’ll need to be sharpened and replaced. When installing the new knives, they need to be set so they’re parallel to the outfeed table, and are all set at a consistent height. No fancy equipment is required for this; the work can be done with a good quality straight edge. We’ll show you how.
Since we’ll be setting the table using test cuts, we’ll start this session by providing you with proper jointer safety techniques. Next, you’ll learn how to perfectly set the outfeed table to eliminate snipe from your cuts, and how to calibrate the infeed table so you know exactly how much material is being removed with each pass.
If you want square edges on your jointed material, you’ve got to have the fence set square. We’ll start the set-up process by using a common shop tool, and double check the results by making cuts. Choice of material used for the test cuts is critical; we’ll walk you through the best choices for this.
You’ll get the best possible cuts on your jointer by feeding your material in the right direction, based on grain direction. In this session, you’ll learn to read the grain. We’ll also cover proper safety and techniques that should be used for:
Changing knives on a benchtop planer is fairly simple, but there are tricks that will make it go better for you. There are typically A LOT of bolts holding the knives in place. You’ll see a shortcut for removing and reinstalling the bolts. When new knives go in you need to make certain there’s no debris that will interfere with the knives doing their work. Proper cleaning is critical.
You won’t get flat faces on your work if the infeed and outfeed tables aren’t correctly set. Leveling these tables to the planer main table is key to good quality work. It can easily be done using standard items in your shop, but it’s imperative that it’s done correctly. You’ll learn how.